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Radiya Yeroshina

Full name: Radiya Nikolayevna Yeroshina (-Nurgayeva)
Original name: Радья Николаевна Ерошина (-Нургаева)
Gender: Female
Born: September 17, 1930 in Izhevsk, Udmurtskaya Respublika, Russia
Died: September 23, 2012
Affiliations: Lokomotiv Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 3 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Radiya Yeroshina made her international début at the 1956 Winter Olympics. First she won silver in the 10 km behind teammate Lyubov Kozyreva, then she skied a strong last leg in a losing effort for the Soviet relay team. The Soviets were favored, but after two legs, although in the lead, they were only six seconds ahead of Finland. At the last leg, Siiri Rantanen caught Yeroshina early and took over the lead and they skied together until 1800 m before finish, Rantanen made a strong finishing spurt to win a surprising gold medal 27 seconds ahead of the Soviets. At the 1958 World Championships, Yeroshina was fourth at 10 km and won a gold as a member of the Soviet relay team. She also won the 10 km event at Holmenkollen in 1958. At the 1960 Winter Olympics, Yeroshina won bronze in the 10 km behind teammates Mariya Gusakova and Kozyreva, the first Soviet medal sweep at the Winter Olympics. In the 3x5 km relay, the Soviets were again favored for the gold medal, but Yeroshina, who skied the first leg, fell and broke one of her skis, losing more than four minutes before she managed to replace the broken ski, and although her teammates skied well, the Soviets managed only a silver medal. Yeroshina made her last international appearance at the 1962 World Championships, where she won a bronze in the 10 km. Domestically, Radiya Yeroshina won four Soviet Championships: twice at 5 km (1957, 1959) and twice at 10 km (1955, 1957).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 2 38:16
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 3 40:06.0 20:51 4

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 23:52 1-09:28 2
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 22:57.0 22:57.0 =3
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